Easier said than done.

Ivan Maisel neatly summarizes how we got to pondering the possibility of a college players union:

Regardless of which side you come down upon in the debate over whether student-athletes should be allowed to unionize, there’s no question that the NCAA and its member schools brought this upon themselves. They have dismissed the student-athletes’ concerns, if they ever listened. The industry needs to find an answer beyond “Shut up and look how much we’re spending on you.” That isn’t working.

Sadly, they think it is.

But then I attended the NCAA convention earlier this month, where Duke lacrosse player Maddie Salamone — representing the organization’s largely ceremonial Student-Athlete Advisory Committee — got up in front of 800 Division I administrators and lamented, “The student-athlete voice is not as meaningful as we have been led to believe in the past.”

You would think at some point that somebody with a modicum of common sense would urge his or her peers to pull their collective heads out of their asses.  But this is the NCAA we’re talking about, so that’s still something of a pipe dream.



Filed under Look For The Union Label, The NCAA

6 responses to “Easier said than done.

  1. DawgPhan

    Seems like the NCAA is in the same situation lots of industries have found themselves…unwilling to regulate themselves and essentially daring someone else to try and regulate them. Even though if someone else does it, the results will be far harsher.

    The NCAA is playing chicken in the court of public opinion.


  2. Mark

    Frankly, I am glad to see the players going down this road. Firing a shot across the bow is a good thing. Hopefully, the NCAA will come to their senses and this won’t be needed.


  3. Macallanlover

    Agree Senator, the NCAA’s lack of vision is going to cost them far more than had they been proactive in addressing issues with players and former players. I have seen this too many times in business, not letting a little pressure off periodically can lead to a large explosion. Communication has to be a 2 way street that runs up and down the organization.


  4. Bright Idea

    Even bigger picture, a college degree ain’t worth what it used to be and the student-athlete knows it. To college administrators a degree is priceless so that should be enough. It is what they are selling but few are buying.


  5. 69Dawg

    “You would think at some point that somebody with a modicum of common sense would urge his or her peers to pull their collective heads out of their asses.” Your comment about common sense is the great disconnect. These administrators lack common sense. They don’t say administrator’s live in ivory towers because they have a lot of common sense. These are the self-righteous defenders of a lost cause. We Southerners know something about lost causes and it’s not going to turn out pretty. The NCAA will someday soon meet it’s William T.Sherman and he will burn the sucker down.


  6. Always Someone Else's Fault

    Fun with puzzle pieces: How many NCAA reform ideas can you string together to create fascinating possibilities?

    Example: “Olympic model + unrestricted transfer rights = never-ending open bidding war.” Saban would have a Director of Sponsorship Opportunities overseeing a staff of 12.

    Still haven’t figured out who a union helps/hurts most. Still seems to me it puts more pressure on the have-nots and the other entrenched interests than it does the haves.